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01/05/2016 - 13:12 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In the wake of the recent troubles at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale (“Swastika Incident Reverberating At Fieldston,” Dec. 18), I recently helped facilitate an assembly program for middle school students there. Ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor Hanna Slome spoke, and the students hung onto every word.

01/04/2016 - 13:30 | | Opinion

Jerusalem — In 1914, Robert Frost published his poem “Mending Wall,” where he coined the maxim, "Good fences make good neighbors.” Those were the days of World War I, and it was perceived at that time that the best way to safeguard international relations and world peace was to clearly demarcate the physical borders between countries.

07/17/2008 - 14:58 | | Editor and Publisher | Opinion

The last time Mordechai Gafni was in the news was two years ago, when the charismatic and controversial rabbi accused of sexual misconduct here and in Israel was dismissed as the rebbe of Bayit Chadash, a spiritual renewal community in Tel Aviv.

09/14/2011 - 14:52 | | Editor and Publisher | Opinion

The news this week that Marc Gafni faces new allegations of sexual misconduct from those in the “spiritual wisdom” community with which he has been associated the last five years was sad, even tragic, but not surprising. And it brought back a flood of memories.

12/29/2015 - 15:10 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On July 14, the United States signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. I decided to support the agreement because I believe that approval of the JCPOA, for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, which would pose a genocidal threat to Israel and the rest of the world. As I wrote in my statement at the time, “Although we know that Iran will remain a major menace to the region and the world, even without nuclear weapons, a nuclear armed Iran would represent an unacceptable threat to the United States, to Israel, and to global security.” 

12/29/2015 - 13:01 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When he arrived in Boston, the new Israeli consul general told me that among his primary assignments was to curtail the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) that had become prominent on so many campuses. His mission was as important as it was urgent. Colleges and universities train future leaders and opinion makers.